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Fifth Grade Family Life

To: Parents/Guardians of Fifth Graders
Re: Family Life Section ofHealth Curriculum

The health presentation on“Family Life” for the fifth graders will start the first or second week of June. There will be 3 days of classes.  Additional classes will be added if needed.

Here is the opportunity and the incentive, before the topics are presented in class, for those of you who want to have “The Talk” about growing up with your child. Those who choose to wait until after the school presentation will have the perfect “ice-breaker” to ask your child what he/she learned in class about puberty.

The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for the Family Life Section of Health(grades 5-6) are listed on the bottom of this page. The topics discussed in the fifth-grade class are based on these standards.

If you want your child to be excluded from these classes you need to contact the school nurse at 732-968-1051 ext. 3 before June 1st.

If you have any questions about this presentation please contact me.

Thank you,
Carolyn Seracka

Listed are the New Jersey

Core Curriculum Content Standards


State the five “Family Life” class rules.

CCCS #2.2/CPI #A-2, A-4. 9.2 A, B, C, F


Define and contrast the concepts of puberty and adolescence

CCWRS #2.4/CPI # B-1;C-4.



Identify at least five characteristics or physiology processes of secondary sexual development that occur during puberty as part of the normal growth and development pattern

CCCS #2.4/CPI #B-1



Explain the pituitary gland’s function in the initiation and maintenance of secondary sexual characteristics and physiology.

CCCS #2.4/CPI # B-1.


Explain how heredity & environment affect growth.

CCCS #2.4/CPI #B-1


Identify four female reproductive system parts using correct terminology.

CCCS #2.4/CPI # B-1


Explain the basic rationale for the human menstrual cycle, what to expect during a period and how to manage periods while continuing with normal activities.

CCCS #2.4/CPI # B-1. 9.2 A, B, C, F


Identify four male reproductive system parts using correct terminology.

CCCS #2.4/CPI # B-1


Explain the basic physiological rationale for the male erection, ejaculation and nocturnal emissions, what to expect during an erection, and how to manage unexpected erections while continuing with normal activities, and how to deal with nocturnal emissions.

CCCS #2.4/CPI # B-1



Identify what sexual thoughts and feelings feel like and discuss how they can be appropriately addressed.

CCCS #2.4/CPI #B-5 9.2 A, B, C, F


Define masturbation and identify appropriate and inappropriate demonstrations of sexual feelings.

CCCS #2.4/CPI #B-1


Discuss characteristics of a healthy relationship for a pre-teen.

CCCS #2.4/CPI #A-3


State at least two emotional, social and peer relationship changes adolescences may experience during puberty.

CCCS # 2.4/CPI #A-4; B-3. 9.2 A, B, C, F


Discuss the use of hygiene and sanitation products: soap, deodorants, antiperspirants, sanitary pads, tampons, etc. and their functions.

CCCS #2.2/CPI # A-5; CCCS #2.4/CPI #B-6